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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 15, 2006 4:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

But why add the extra step? Was the source field getting in anyone's way? It used to be so easy to peruse the collection, It was all on one page, the layout was concise, informative and very easy to use. Now, some years are on 2-3 pages so it takes more time to find the show you are looking for and it is harder to just look through a particular year.

In addition, the old format was really easy to see, the colors were easy to distinguish and the information was laid out very clearly. Maybe it's because I'm older and my sight is not what it used to be, but the whole format is just not as clear to my eye and as easy to read, after 5 minutes or so, my eyes are strained. I personally liked the contrast of the Blue and black on white, it was much easier to read. I may be in the minority, but I know a lot of us Deadheads are in our 40's and 50's and i would be surprised if I was the only one with this issue.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2006-06-15 23:55:57

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Jun 15, 2006 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Source field add-in, as a favor

But why add the extra step? Was the source field getting in anyone's way?

It's a big-picture issue. The changeover we had brought the live music in line with all the material on the rest of the site- texts, movies, etc. All items on the site have a "description" field and this is what is sensible to display in the search results (for live shows, that happens to be the setlist).

Other items on the site do *not* typically have the *specialized* recording "source" field; that display toggle was built in later, especially for the peculiar needs of live music fans. In fact, in the new system the live music has already gotten a lot of extra engineering attention compared to some other material. So we should feel happy about that.

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2006-06-16 00:40:22

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 15, 2006 7:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Source field add-in, as a favor

Just one more question, Diana, then I'll drop it. Is there some kind of technical issue with leaving the link that we had until a few days ago. I'm no computer whiz, so i don't know, but I was just wondering if that old link interfered in any way with the new format, and if it didn't why not leave it up for us old Heads who are so resistant to change...LOL?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Jun 16, 2006 4:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Source field add-in, as a favor

Yes, it was a ghost of the past system, no longer updated and increasingly confusing to people now that there are 1000+ new shows since the switchover.